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26                               LETTERS   FROM   THE

Lagny. We passed near Pont - aux - Dames
(Bernardine nuns), where Madame du Barri was
exiled on Louis Quinze's death. It is situated on
the banks of the river and approached by fine
avenues in the vale to Crecy, a small town under
the hill. I then ascended a considerable height
along the road of Coulommiers and descended
to Lacelle, where I was educated. All appeared
unaltered, except in the persons that inhabit the
place, now no longer a college. There still remain
three monks to perform service.

loth. I walked about the country to visit the
haunts and scenes of my boyish, careless days, and
recognised them with excessive pleasure. Some of
the old labourers remembered me. The situation is
admirably rural. The church was never finished;
the choir only was completed. It is of large di-
mensions, with a lofty steeple. The mansion con-
sists of a spacious cloister, and has many courts
and gardens enclosed with a wall and surrounded
by the river, over which is a two-arched bridge.
The village is straggling, at the foot and upon the
sides of the steep, beautiful hill that overhangs the
river and abbey on the south side. As the houses
only peep here and there through the foliage, and
clumps of trees crown the summit, nothing can
be more picturesque than the whole scene. A